VH-AOL  de Havilland D.H.84 Dragon                          (c/n  2084)


                                         This Dragon had been purchased from RAAF disposals in December 1945 (ex A34-95) by the
                                         Newcastle Aero Club and registered VH-AOL in July 1947.    It is seen above at Mascot, circa
                                        1948 in a shot by Allan Yee (via The Collection p1234-1864). The image below was taken at an
                                         air pageant at Newcastle's Broadmeadow airfield in 1962 by a Mr. Poore, who took several
                                         photos on that day.         -AOL remained with the Newcastle club for touring and twin-engined
                                         training until it was destroyed by fire after crashing on take off at Orange, NSW on 10 May
                                         1953, although the 5 on board escaped injury.  The pilot was Jim Hazelton who later went on
                                         to form Hazair at Orange and became a well-known aviation salesman and entrepreneur.